The charges brought forth by South Korea were vehemently rejected by Pyongyang and were called a sheer fabrication to justify its threat of an all-out-war and aggressive stance against the lies. The South is being accused of an escalated and burlesque manner of intentional provocation.
China, who fought alongside North Korean forces against the South and the US during the Korean War in 1950-1953, has kept a low profile and refrains from commenting on the March 26 incident other than to state that the matter is under investigation. Kim Jong-Il went on record with KCNA to warn the US that an occupation or invasion would be similar to the Iraqi war and would be based on sheer lies.
While several countries are already involved in an ongoing investigation about the sinking of the Cheonan, namely a team of experts from the US, the UK and Sweden, Russia is now sending its own team to South Korea making the matter even more complicated.
US and South Korean military forces remain at a higher alert level at the demilitarized zone and the border entry crossing point remains closed. The sole border entry point, used by hundreds of South Korean workers who are employed at a jointly owned manufacturing plant close to the border, remain stranded in North Korean territory.
The trilateral meeting between China, Japan and South Korea, currently underway on the island of Jeju off the South Korean coast will not bring a solution or ease the current tension in the Korean Peninsula. The only option available is for the UN Security Council to issue an official rebuke but may face opposition from China who can impose a veto as a permanent member of the Council.
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